SF State schedules ceremony for posthumous degree for fatally shot student 

Update 6/5/14: At the request of the Guillermo family, the date of the ceremony has been changed -- from Tuesday, June 17 to Thursday, June 19. The ceremony and reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center located on the Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is open to the public and estimated to take about 30 to 45 minutes; a reception will follow.

Original story:

San Francisco State University has set a date for a ceremony awarding a posthumous degree to a student who was fatally shot after apparently entering the wrong apartment last month.

The family of Stephen Guillermo, 26, along with SFSU faculty and staff, will be on hand for the ceremony June 17 at 2 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center at the university's Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The ceremony will last about 30 to 45 minutes. A reception will follow.

Guillermo was allegedly shot by his 68-year-old neighbor, Amisi Sudi Kachepa, when Guillermo reportedly entered Kachepa's South of Market apartment by accident. Guillermo lived in the same building.

The shooting prompted an outcry from the victim's family, but the District Attorney's Office did not charge Kachepa.

Guillermo attended City College of San Francisco before transferring to SFSU, where he was nearly finished with a degree in international relations.

He would have been the first person in his immediate family to earn a college degree.

"Upon the request of the Guillermo family and the faculty and administrators in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, a posthumous degree will be awarded," acting Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley said.

San Francisco State held its 113th Commencement ceremonies on May 23-24.

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Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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